Education Survey: Saudi Learners Aiming High

Survey undertaken by world’s largest learning organisation gives snapshot of KSA students’ ambitions.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 29 November 2014: A study undertaken by Pearson, the world’s largest learning company has found that Saudi students have high expectations for their future. Of those Saudi students surveyed, 71 percent revealed they are planning to undertake further study and 62 percent said that they have plans to study abroad.

Pearson, which offers Edexcel, BTEC and LCCI qualifications in Saudi Arabia, surveyed learners who had recently completed a Pearson qualification in the Kingdom. The ‘Next Steps’ Survey was part of a global undertaking by the company to determine how well qualifications are preparing learners for higher education and the workforce, and to better understand the long-term career aspirations of graduates.
Karim Daoud, Pearson’s Managing Director in the Middle East, says the results of the survey in Saudi Arabia show young people in the Kingdom are taking their education, and future career, seriously.
“I am encouraged by the large number of Saudi school and college leavers who have plans to continue their education at university level, either at home, or abroad. The results of the survey suggest our youth understand the importance of a good education to their future earning potential, and ability to find rewarding employment in a tight regional and global job market”.
Ensuring qualifications have a positive impact on the lives of those who undertake them is of critical importance to Pearson, a company who has made a global pledge to support efficacy in education. Mr Daoud says:
“We firmly believe that learning should be a life-changing opportunity and a great education should have a measureable, proven impact on learners’ lives. That is why Pearson aims to report on the learning outcomes of all its products and services by 2018. That means everything we do here in Saudi Arabia, including our qualifications offering, will be assessed according to an Efficacy framework. However, the Kingdom’s results in the Next Steps Survey suggest that we are already on the right path to ensuring learners are benefitting from their education, with exciting future prospects opened up to them as a result of their Pearson qualification”.
Riyadh-based student, Fayssal Al Qudrah who completed a Pearson International GSCE, says the qualification was excellent preparation for his future academic aspirations, which include studying pre-pharmacy at the University of Bridgeport in the United States, and eventually medicine at a foreign university.
“I wanted to study something that would help me realise my goal of becoming a medical doctor. My Pearson IAL AS Level qualifications in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology was a great basis for my current studies. I hope to go to a leading university in the United States – my International GSCE qualification has set me on the right path to achieving this goal. I would recommend to other young Saudis with big dreams to also consider an internationally recognised qualification – it really can help set you up for an exciting future”.
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About Pearson:

Pearson is the world’s largest learning company, operating in more than 80 countries around the world, bringing powerful learning solutions to millions of learners every year. Pearson takes learning personally. Our courses and resources are available in print, online and through multi-lingual packages, helping people learn whatever, wherever and however they choose. Our education imprints combine 150 years of experience and include online support for every learner.  Our innovative and dynamic digital learning products and services are changing the learning landscape all around the globe and our qualifications are positively transforming the futures of learners of all ages and backgrounds.  Pearson can boast a comprehensive English Language offering that consists of engaging content and cutting edge testing solutions. To find out more, visit www.pearson.com.

Pearson working with Tatweer to deliver training to 500 Master Educators.

T4EDU Launches Math and Science Teacher Development Programme
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 27 November 2014: Saudi Arabia’s Tatweer Company for Educational Services (T4EDU) in conjunction with Pearson, the world’s largest learning company, have announced the wider rollout of the Saudi Math and Science Teacher Development Programme.

The programme will see ultimately 500 educators from across the Kingdom take part in a Master Trainer Training Programme across three levels of learning: Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. Foundation level training will take place in November and December 2014, with further levels planned in 2015.  The 500 Master Trainers will then go on to provide professional development training to over 100,000 primary and secondary teachers across the country, building Saudi teachers’ pedagogical skills and knowledge in the mathematics and science fields.
The Math and Science Teacher Development Programme forms part of the Saudi Government’s wider education reforms being implemented by T4EDU as part of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Public Education Project, a large scale project that will shape the future of education across the Kingdom
The Math and Science Teacher Development Programme will build the Kingdom’s capacity in the mathematics and science industries, fields, which are becoming increasingly important for success in a competitive, global economy.
The links between strong capabilities in the Science, Mathematics, Technology and Engineering fields at a national level, and a country’s economic performance are well documented. A Policy Brief from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) states that “Scientific advances and technological change are key drivers of recent economic performance. The ability to create, distribute and exploit knowledge has become a major source of competitive advantage, wealth creation and improvements to quality of life”.
Dr Mohammed AlZaghibi, Chief Executive Officer of T4EDU, agrees. He says:
“Fundamental to the Kingdom’s goal of achieving a diversified, knowledge-based economy will be fostering a STEM proficient workforce, and motivating our current generation of learners to seek a STEM based career. It is this group of students which will be Saudi Arabia’s innovators, inventors and creators of tomorrow.
“It is therefore of critical importance that we recruit and train enough talented and passionate teachers in the mathematics and science disciplines to make this vision a reality. By building capacity amongst 100,000 of Saudi’s math and science teachers, the Math and Science Teacher Development Programme has the scale to make a real difference to the quality of STEM education being taught in the Kingdom, and build a positive future for the country as a whole”.
Karim Daoud, Managing Director for Pearson in the Middle East says countries around the world are increasingly recognising the important role mathematics and science educators play in equipping learners for the demands of a modern workforce, saying:
“As the world becomes increasingly technological, scientific progress becomes even more significant in driving innovation-led growth. What we have seen through important policy movements in the USA and other countries is a realisation that the industries of the 21st Century will rely more and more on those workers with a highly skilled STEM education. It is imperative therefore that our education systems, from the curriculums used to the pedagogical practices employed, place upmost importance on math and science instruction, and deliver these subjects in a way that engages learners and inspires them to seek a career in these fields”.
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About Pearson:
Pearson is the world’s largest learning company, operating in more than 80 countries around the world, bringing powerful learning solutions to millions of learners every year. Pearson takes learning personally. Our courses and resources are available in print, online and through multi-lingual packages, helping people learn whatever, wherever and however they choose. Our education imprints combine 150 years of experience and include online support for every learner.  Our innovative and dynamic digital learning products and services are changing the learning landscape all around the globe and our qualifications are positively transforming the futures of learners of all ages and backgrounds.  Pearson can boast a comprehensive English Language offering that consists of engaging content and cutting edge testing solutions. To find out more, visit www.pearson.com.
About T4EDU:
T4EDU is one of the subsidiaries of Tatweer Holding Company, a government owned company and the exclusive executer of Tatweer. T4EDU currently works on implementing a number strategic educational projects and programmes that aim at developing the practice professional development in public education.